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HP Cabinet Decisions: Hike in Honorariums of Teachers under SMC, Water Carriers, Mid Day Meal Cooks/Helpers

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2019

Shimla-A meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on February 25, 2019, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Among important decisions taken in the meeting, nod was also accorded by the Cabinet to increase the honorarium of teachers appointed under the School Management Committee policy by 20 percent per month from April 1, 2019, which would benefit 2635 SMC teachers.

It also decided to increase the honorarium of part-time water carriers in Elementary and Higher Education Departments from Rs. 2200 to Rs. 2400 per month from April 1, 2019. This decision will give relief to 2268 part-time contract water carriers, the government said.  

The Cabinet also gave its approval to increase honorarium of cook-cum-helpers engaged under Mid Day Meal Scheme in the schools from existing Rs. 1800 to Rs. 2000 per month for ten academic months with effect from April 1, 2019. This decision will benefit about 21750 cook cum helpers working in the State, the government said.

The Cabinet also decided to enhance the annuity of Kirti Chakras winners from existing Rs. 1.50 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh at par with winners of Mahavir Chakras.

It gave its approval to fill up 11 posts of different categories in the Economics and Statistics Department as the backlog of OBC.

It gave its nod to create six posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and six posts of Peon in newly created Sub Divisional Election Offices at Fatehpur, Nagrota Bagwan, Shahpur, Thunag, Jandhuta and Swarghat.

The Cabinet also decided to provide essential commodities like wheat, flour and rice to APL consumers at the rates being given to BPL consumers in Lahaul valley of Lahaul-Spiti district from April 2019 to September 2019.

It also gave its consent to open new Industrial Training Institutes at Ladbhadol in Jogindernagar of Mandi district, at Sataun and Amboya in Paonta Sahib tehsil of Sirmaur district along-with creation and filling up of 42 posts of various categories to manage these Industrial Training Institutes.

It gave its nod to open ten Atal Adarsh Vidhyalayas in different parts of the State viz. Bairathi in Bilaspur district, Satyas in Chamba district, Lambagaon and Paraur/Valha in Kangra district, Chail and Sarkaghat in Mandi district, Chopal in Shimla district, Bandali in Sirmaur district and Gaihara in Una district to provide residential quality education to the students.

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Adopt Scientific, Modern Precision Farming Techniques for ‘More Crop Per Drop’: UHF VC to Farmers at Kisan Mela

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Solan-One-day Kisan Mela and scientists’ farmers’ interaction was organized by Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Solan at Village Diggal in the Nalagarh block of Solan district on October 20, 2019.

The event was organized under the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan of the Union Government to create awareness on water conservation and judicious use of water.

Sincere and mass efforts towards water conservation will go a long way in ensuring the availability of water for future generations for carrying out agricultural and day to activities. These were among the several views expressed by experts during the event.

Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Vivek Chandel ADM Solan was the Guest of Honour. Dr Rakesh Gupta, Director Extension Education of the university, Raj Kumar, BDO Nalagarh, Dr Rajender Sharma, Deputy Director Horticulture, Dr PC Saini, Deputy Director Agriculture and over 850 farmers from Diggal and nearby panchayats attended the event.
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Besides line officers from the horticulture and agriculture departments, scientists from KVK Solan and various departments of the university were also present during the event.

Speaking at the occasion, Dr Kaushal said the issue of water conservation needed the attention of every person and efforts towards its mitigation was the need of the hour. He called for the active participation of women in creating awareness on the issue and ensure everyone’s participation in this movement. He urged the farmers to adopt scientific methods and modern precision farming techniques to ensure more crop per drop.

Dr Kaushal said that the lower hills of the state had immense potential in horticulture and the university will make efforts for its promotion through regular training programmes and quality planting material. He laid special emphasis on food processing and the role of self-help groups in the marketing of food produce.

ADM Vivek Chandel exhorted the farmers to become an active contributor in the conservation of the environment. He was of the view that the Gram Sabhas could be utilized for the dissemination of scientific information on the issues of public importance.

Dr Rakesh Gupta gave an overview of the various extension activities carried out by the university. BDO Nalagarh informed the gathering about the Jal Shakti Abhiyaan and its importance.

During the event, the participants were apprised about the various schemes of the agriculture and horticulture department for water conservation. Several technical lectures on strategies and methods for water conservation, precision irrigation and cultivation of prospective fruit for lower areas.

An exhibition on fruits, vegetables and flowers, soil and water conservation, food science and technology, forest products, entomology and plant pathology were also displayed. The exhibition also had a separate display of samples of different fruits, flowers, vegetables grown by the farmers.
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A farmer scientist interaction was also held at the event where the scientists addressed the problems faced by the farmers. The winners of the essay and slogan writing and painting competition on water conservation organized by the KVK in the past week in several schools of the Nalagarh block were also awarded during the event.
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Video: Employees on Election Duty in Pachhad Throw Away Food Alleging Poor Quality

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Poor quality food to pachhad election duty officials

Sirmaur- A video has appeared on social media showing employees deployed in Pachhad constituency of Sirmaur district on election duty complaining that they were served stale, poor quality packed food. They can be heard saying that such foul smell is emanating from the packed food that even dogs won’t eat it.

They are holding the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Rajgarh, responsible for it.  They were also seen throwing away the packets of food, while some other packets were already discarded either on the road or on the roadside. Surprisngly, these employees are not discarding these packets containing food properly, and instead, littering them anywhere. It appears like the Swachh Bharat campaign proved to be ineffective in creating awareness. 

The video is circulating on social media, attracting criticism. On receiving this news, the SDM, Naresh Verma, said he has asked the Tehsildar to probe the allegations and submit a report. He said an action would be taken against the contractor to whom the contract was awarded for arranging food for employees on the election duty.

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Two-Day Workshop on ‘Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction in Hill Towns’ to be Organized at Shimla

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Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction in Hill Towns

Shimla-Government of Himachal Pradesh, through HP State Disaster Management Authority (HPSDMA) and HP Council for Science Technology & Environment (HIMCOSTE), is organizing Regional Workshop on “Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction in Hill Towns” for the stakeholders of Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Union Territory of Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh at Shimla on 22-23 October 2019 at Hotel Holiday Home.

Considering the higher vulnerability of the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) to one or multiple hazards, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Ministry of Home Affairs (GoI) has planned to convene two regional workshops across the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR). The objective is to sensitize and mainstream the different stakeholders of the Himalayan States and come up with specific recommendations/solutions to reduce vulnerabilities.

The first such workshop was organized for the North-Eastern region at Sikkim, whereas the second for the Northwestern and Central Himalayan region is being organized at Shimla.

The workshop is being organized with the objective to discuss the issues the hill towns are facing with respect to Disaster Risk Reduction and to come out with specific solutions/plans to deal with such challenges. The workshop will be attended by the practitioners, administrators, researchers, technocrats and policy-makers. The discussions and deliberations will mainly focus on Geological Hazards, Atmospheric & Hydro-meteorological, Institutional preparedness, State Government Initiatives and the experience sharing in Disaster Management.

In the two-day workshop, about 50 participants including senior officers from the State of Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh are likely to participate, besides a large delegation of officers from the State of Himachal Pradesh D.C.Rana, Director–cum-Special Secretary (Rev-DM) informed that Kamal Kishore, Member National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India, has agreed to be the Guest of Honour on this occasion and would deliver the Key Note Address during the inaugural session.

It was further informed that the workshop has been designed in such a manner that there will be four technical sessions on Hazard Vulnerability & Risk Assessment, Improving Compliance with Building Bye-laws in Hill Towns, Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness and Improving Disaster Response and Recovery.

Eminent Scientists from different institutions like NGRI Hyderabad, GSI Chandigarh, NIT Hamirpur, IIT Madras, Bombay & Mandi, IMD New Delhi and State Disaster Management Authorities of these Himalayan States will make presentations with reference to these broad areas followed by open house discussions. The outcome of the two-day workshop will be in the form various measures to mitigate the Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction in the Hill Towns of the North-Western Himalayan States so that the post-disaster effects not only minimized but could also save the precious human lives and the infrastructure.

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